- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (4 Nov. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064406970
- ISBN-13: 978-0064406970
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,114,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dangerous Angels (Weetzie Bat Books) Paperback – 4 Nov 1999
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“Magic is everywhere in Block’s lyrical and resonant fables. At once modern and mythic, her series deserves as much space as it can command of daydream nation’s shrinking bookshelves.” (Village Voice)
“A poetic series of books celebrating love, art, and the imagination, all in hyper-lyrical language.” (Spin)
“Transcendent.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Ms. Block’s far-ranging free association has been controlled and shaped...with sensual characters. The language is inventive Californian hip, but the patterns are compactly folkloristic and the theme is transcendent.” (New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Love is a dangerous angel.
In five luminous novels, acclaimed writer Francesca Lia Block spins a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts. These postmodern fairy tales take us to a magical Los Angeles, a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
So anyway, as I was falling in love with a girl with whom I go to college, I read her Weetzie Bat. It was really cool. Especially the part in which My Secret Agent Lover Man expresses his undying love for Weetzie (I liked the part about "You are my martini..."). Since that time (about a month ago), however, this person has emotionally crucified me, and started dating an extremely goofy-looking boy.
Alas, that's the life portrayed in Ms. Block's novellas: hartbreaking and inspiring, exhilirating and melancholy. Read as modern day fairy-tales, they are wonderfully crafted pieces of fiction. Not surprisingly, however, I've read many scathing reviews of this series on Amazon.com. I think that for people to review it poorly, they have to miss the point--that these are fairy-tales. I wouldn't want a 13-year-old kid reading this as an instruction guide to life, but then again, how many people take fiction that seriously? (At least a few people do, as evidenced by the reviews.)
As with all fairy-tales, there is a moral behind the narrative: that love and universal acceptance goes a long way to make people happy, to heal hurt, and to generally make the world a better place--but also that things that some people take for love (that is, sex) can be devastating and hurtful. Love *IS* a dangerous angel. On that level, this book is not only a beautiful piece of prose, but of perhaps immeasurable value to a world torn by conflict, hurt, and hate.Read more ›
This book, this series, is raved about. But I have to say that I didn't get it. I just didn't understand the point of the book. There didn't seem to be any real story to me. It's a dream-like world where everything is shiny and perfect, and any blemishes that arise are brushed under the carpet or dismissed. The book just seems to be a series of events until the book ends, without any real plot. When I say dream-like, I mean everything seems to dazzle; everything is rich and beautiful and just a complete vision of perfect in an edgy world. The whole thing seems like it could also be the result of hallucinogenic drugs. It's like you're seeing the world through a cloudy, colourful lens. This is not just down to the things that happen, but through the language Block uses.
The book is so crazy weird I was thinking "What?!" more often than I was admiring the language. And it doesn't help that the characters have names such as Weetzie, My Secret Agent Lover Man, and Witch Baby. Weetzie Baby is described as magic realism and it is pretty whimsical, but it was just just too much for me.
Serious issues, like suicide and AIDS, are covered but in no real detail or without much sense of right or wrong. I can't really explain what I mean by that without spoiling certain aspects of the story, but I was reading and feeling quite disturbed. Some things aren't handled at all, it seems, and other things are just forgiven without a second thought. It made me a little uneasy.
Overall, really not the book for me. Really doubt I'll be continuing with this series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the first book in the series a few months ago and found it pretentious and silly. I found the characters impossible to empathise with and the situations they found... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2004
The thing that first caught my attention was the wonderful, creative, cover;it was astounding! But the book itself was even better, mixing real life situations with imaginative... Read morePublished on 8 July 1999
This book was a great book. i couldn't put it down. From the moment you pick it up you feel like part of Weetzie's world. You feel like your right there with them. It was great. Read morePublished on 5 July 1999
Lanky Lizards! These books are my favorites, of all time. Francesca Lia Block writes so well, I'm astounded every time I read them. Read morePublished on 5 July 1999
I read the previous reviews and was very taken with the description of this book.... The stories were described as modern fairy tales, "transcendant", rich with... Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 1999
Like gorgeous rainbow-speckled bubbles as pale as Weetzie Bat's spiky hair, these five mini-novels stick out among the drabness of young adult literature. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 1999
This book may be catergorized as a childrens book, but it relates to both the young and the old. After reading this book-i read it again. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 1999
Where can you start describing Francesca Lia Block's writing? It's of a different world, it's transcendant. She writes with such an amazing, lyrical style, it baffles the mind. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 1999